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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Researchers release software to enable greater public participation in redistricting

Public Mapping Project: "'The drawing of electoral districts is among the least transparent processes in democratic governance,' said McDonald, describing the problem identified by the project's participants. 'All too often, redistricting authorities maintain their power by obstructing public participation. The resulting districts embody the goals of politicians to the detriment of the representational interests of communities and the public at large.'

The participants seek to change the power imbalance held by redistricting authorities, by making it possible for the public to draw the boundaries of their communities and to generate redistricting plans for their state and localities.

'New technologies provide opportunities to broaden public participation in the redistricting process,' said Altman."

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